|Pilot F/Sgt Ronald Ernest Hallett, 4215864 (MIA / KIA) Hawkes Bay, NZ
MIA February 3, 1945 at 10:15am
Built by Vought. Constructor number 5894. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F4U-1D Corsair bureau number 50647. Disassembled and loaded as cargo aboard USS Kwajalein (CVE-98). On July 19, 1944 departed the United States as part of defense aid to New Zealand.
Assigned to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as Corsair Serial Number NZ5400. Reassembled on Espiritu Santo by Unit 60 and remained until August 1944. During February 1945, assigned to 20 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
On February 3, 1945 took off from Piva Airfield (Piva Yoke) on Bougainville piloted by F/Sgt Ronald E. Hallett on a combat mission. During a strafing run at approximately 10:15am, this Corsair crashed into the sea near Shortland Island and exploded on impact. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).
Hallett was officially declared the day of the mission. He is memorialized at Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery on the Bourail Memorial on panel 6.
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January 12, 2019